Muskegon Astronomical Society Hosting Open House at Wastewater Site for Meteor Shower

The Muskegon Astronomical Society will host two open houses at Muskegon County’s wastewater treatment site in late summer, including one that will allow visitors to see the famous Perseid meteor shower.

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Muskegon’s Water System To See 10% Base Rate Increase Starting July 1, 2012

City water rates were last increased on January 1, 2005. The city’s water fund lost a net $330,504 in the 2011 fiscal year alone, capping three years of losses with a possible fourth in 2012.

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Wind Farm At Muskegon County Wastewater Site One Step Closer To Reality; Lease Signed, Development to Begin

Both the county’s public works board and full board of commissioners approved terms of a lease agreement Tuesday with Muskegon Wind, LLC. This newly-formed company is a partnership of two companies — Scandia Wind Offshore and Gamesa Energy USA LCC, an American subsidiary of a Spanish company. This wind farm development will be strictly on land and will not include components in Lake Michigan as previously proposed in other areas including Oceana County. The maximum length of the lease could reach up to 60.5 years if its three terms take the maximum amount of time.

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County Sewer Rates To Rise 22 Percent To Avoid Debt Default

The system took a huge hit when one of its largest users, Sappi paper, shut down operations in the area several years ago.

Since then, the county has chosen not to make significant changes to the wastewater system’s rates, instead hoping that the county could attract new major private customers by keeping rates low. That gambit has not panned out, as the system’s flow has only decreased.

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A Side Effect of County Rate Increases, Muskegon Heights To Raise Sewer Rates

While the city bills its residents for sewer services, it must pay that money forward to the countywide wastewater system. When the county elected to increase rates for use of its wastewater system, cities and townships across the county must now consider finding a way to pay for it.

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Muskegon County Authorizes Negotations For Wind Farm At Wastewater Site

Two finalists, publicly known only as Company A and Company B at this time, are being kept secret at this time as not to jeopardize any negotiations. Both companies are apparently very similar. They each involve a large, European part and a local part working in a joint venture partnership.

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Muskegon Area First, County Use Wastewater Facility To Attract Industry

Muskegon Area First is looking to attract food processing companies to use the Muskegon County wastewater facility, which can handle much more load than it already does.

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